Jonathan B.
Jul 17, 2007

We can't decide if this falls into the category of super cool or super silly. The Kill-a-watt is a gizmo that tells you to the minute how much it's cost you to run whatever you've plugged into it. Surely, the design leaves something to be desired... but how many of us really want to know to the minute how much it costs to run our fridge, laptop, stereo, or TV?

On second thought, perhaps a better use for this would be to identify the "vampire" electronics in our homes -- the ones that consume energy even when they're off. In fact, Steph blogged a much more designed solution to this problem earlier this week.

According to Steph's sources, phantom loads are a big problem. But how do we know which products should be unplugged when not in use? This geeky little gizmo, together with a sheet of Avery color coding dots glommed from the office supply cabinet, could provide a way to remind us which cords need to be unplugged.

Since it's geeky already, how about leveraging the social network: pass it along when you're done with it? Give it to a friend with a handwritten note explaining what you've done and inspiring similar action! Don't forget to setting an expectation that it will be passed along to another friend or family member within a week: the Kill-a-Watt pandemic of 2007.

Get yours at for around $23.

So what do you think, AT?

via The Gadgeteer

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